UCLA Prof. Mark Kleiman—an expert on drug policy that we’ve praised before—has, like many well-meaning people before him, fallen victim to Jewcentricity. Via the Free Beacon, we came across a blog post of Kleiman’s on the Washington Monthly site telling people with “Jewish sounding names” to write their DC representatives to oppose the Iran sanctions bill in the Senate. Apparently, Kleiman thinks that US Senators and Representatives will count email from “Jewish sounding names” as being so important that it will sway their votes. He wrote, “Please consider making your voice heard especially strongly if you’re Jewish, or have a Jewish-sounding name.”Jewcentricity, the belief that Jews are more important to world events than they really are, is an equal opportunity malady that can strike Jews, Jew-haters, and the general public alike (for a book length treatment, see AI editor Adam Garfinkle’s book of the same name). And Kleiman seems to have come down with a bad case. The truth is that Jews don’t actually run the United States, and unless there’s a huge tidal wave of feedback on a hot issue, US politicians tend to do to mail from people with “Jewish sounding names” exactly what they do with 95% of their constituent mail: at most, the 22 year old intern on the bottom of the office pecking order responds with a form acknowledgement and forgets all about it. We’d be immensely surprised if a single legislative office in Washington DC keeps the “Jewish emails” in a separate folder or tally from the rest of the incoming traffic.